Indiana

Assistance Programs, Local Agencies and Charities

Food  Housing  Cash Assistance  Bills  Health  Education  Employment

 

QUICK INFO BOX

  • Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, Call: 800-403-0864
  • Indiana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  – Provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18, helping them achieve economic self-sufficiencyCall: 800-403-0864
  • Indiana Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible low-income Indiana residents, Call: 800-457-4584
  • Indiana Hoosier Healthwise  – A health care program for low income parents/caretakers, pregnant women, and children, Call: 800-889-9949
  • Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)  – A health care program that covers adults age 19-64 who are not eligible for Medicare or another Indiana Medicaid category, Call: 877-438-4479
  • Indiana M.E.D. Works (Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities)  – Designed to allow disabled employees to work without fear of losing their Medicaid, Call: 866-273-5897
  • Indiana Hoosier Care Connect Program  – A health care program for individuals who are aged 65 years and older, blind, or disabled and who are also not eligible for Medicare, Call: 866-963-7383
  • Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP)  – Includes three authorized processes by which individuals can be determined presumptively eligible and receive temporary health coverage until the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) determines official eligibility, Call: 800-457-4584
  • Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 800-522-0874
  • Indiana National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 317-232-6610
  • Indiana Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 317-232-6610
  • Indiana School Breakfast Program (SBP)  Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 317-232-6610
  • Indiana Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call: 317-232-6610
  • Indiana Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day careCall: 317-232-6610
  • Indiana Head Start and Early Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 317-916-0810
  • Indiana Home Energy Assistance Program Provides homeowners with utility and crisis assistance toward their primary heating sourceCall: Local agency
  • Indiana Energy Assistance Program (EAP) Provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating monthsCall: Local agency
  • Indiana Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – Provides energy conservation measures to reduce the utility bills of low-income Hoosiers across the state, Call: Local agency
  • Indiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to aid individuals known to be at risk of malnutrition due to low income and poor health conditions, Call: 800‐522‐0874
  • Indiana Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with special vouchers to buy fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers’ markets, Call: 800-986-3505
  • Indiana Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Call local PHA
  • Indiana Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Call local PHA

 

Homeowners Assistance and Housing Programs

Indiana – Making Home Affordable options

Making Home Affordable is a federal program designed to cover different homeowners’ hardships and financial situations. Under the program there are various options that can help Indiana homeowners in hardship stay in their homes. Depending on the situation Indiana homeowners in hardship can apply to lower their monthly payments, lower the interest rate on their home loan or even get principal reduction in some cases.

There are foreclosure alternatives and temporarily help for unemployed homeowners as well.

Here are some of the most used options under Making Home Affordable Program:

HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) approved housing counselor can be reached at: 888-995-4673  (Hearing impaired: 877-304-9709 TTY) to help you understand your options, prepare your application, and work with your mortgage company.

 

Food Assistance Programs, Services, and Organizations in Indiana

Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Stamps Program as it is known by the public, is a federal program that provides grants to the States for purpose of reducing the hunger and malnutrition in all eligible households across the nation. SNAP helps provide healthy food to qualifying low-income families with children, elderly or disabled in each State of the USA.

It is important to know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal entitlement program funded by U.S. Government grants. Any U.S. Citizen, even some legal alien residents, will get free food assistance as long as they meet the SNAP eligibility guidelines. In other words, there is enough Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for every American that qualifies. Learn more about SNAP.

In Indiana the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) is administered by the Division of Family Resources (DFR) under the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Further, the terms “Food Stamps” and “SNAP benefits” in the text are used interchangeably.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides federal grants and oversees the operation of Indiana SNAP. The Indiana DFR is responsible for establishing eligibility for SNAP and assures timely and accurate delivery of the benefits. According to DFR “the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer.

 

Who is Eligible for Indiana SNAP (Food Stamps) Benefits?

The eligibility rules and benefit amounts in Indiana are based on residency, limited income, limited liquid resources, household size, work requirement and other factors depending on the applicant case. Most eligibility rules are determined by regulations issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service.

The federal law allows States some flexibility when using the federal grants to implement SNAP on State level. State agencies can adapt some of the food assistance program rules in order to meet the needs of the low‐income local population.

Indiana Food Stamps Program is designed for individuals and families with limited income resources, who compose a household, purchase and prepare their meals together for home consumption.

Indiana applicants for SNAP benefits must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • State of Indiana Resident – must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident with SNAP eligible non-citizen status;
  • Work Requirement –  unless exempted, each able-bodied member of the household between 18-50 years old must work, be registered to work or participate in the IMPACT employment and training program;
  • Resource Limits – have countable household assets limited to $2,250 or less ($3,250 or less for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years of age or older), vehicles used for household transportation are not counted;
  • Income Limits – Income limits eligibility depends on the household size and composition. Households with no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both gross and net income limits. Households with elderly or disabled individuals must meet only the net income limits. Gross income is household total income, before taxes or any deductions. Gross income includes wages, salaries, commissions, dividends, child support, self-employment income, unemployment compensation, social security benefits etc.
Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016 USDA FNS SNAP Max Income
Household SizeGross Monthly Income Limits
(130% of poverty)
Net Monthly Income Limits
(100% of poverty)
1$1,276$981
2$1,726$1,328
3$2,177$1,675
4$2,628$2,021
5$3,078$2,368
6$3,529$2,715
7$3,980$3,061
8$4,430$3,408
Each additional member+$451+$347

Source: USDA, SNAP Income Eligibility Standards

Some Indiana residents may be automatically or so called categorically eligible for Food Stamps if they already participate in other means tested assistance programs. Getting benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), funded by federal grants, or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can make the applicant for SNAP benefits categorically eligible, thus bypassing the income eligibility and any asset eligibility rules. Under the federal SNAP regulations, States can assign a gross income limit of 200% of the federal poverty line (FPL) or less in order to use any TANF-funded benefit that can make food stamps applicants eligible.

You can always call 1-800-403-0864 with any question on Indiana SNAP eligibility.

 

Quick Eligibility Check

Indiana residents interested in food assistance can use this Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool, provided by the Federal Government, to find out if they might be eligible to get Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (Food Stamps). The Screening allows potential applicants for Indiana food stamps to provide some basic information and determine if they are potentially eligible for benefits.

Although the Pre-Screening Tool provides information on SNAP eligibility immediately – it is not an application for benefits.

Actual application for SNAP benefits must be made at your local Indian Division of Family Resources office. Even you are unsure whether you qualify you should still apply.

 

What is Maximum Dollar Amount of Indiana SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits?

If approved, the Indiana SNAP benefit amounts depend on the household size and its monthly net income. USDA has maximum food stamp benefit limits per month per household. This is the maximum amount of benefits a household will receive based on $0 income. The greater the household’s net income,  the lesser than max amount of SNAP benefits will be received. Check below what are the maximum food assistance amounts an Indiana household can get per month. The SNAP allowed benefits per month are called allotments.

Oct. 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016 USDA Max SNAP Allotments
Household SizeMaximum Food Assistance Monthly Allotment
1$194
2$357
3$511
4$649
5$771
6$925
7$1,022
8$1,169
Each additional member$146

Source: USDA, SNAP Maximum Allotments

 

How to Apply for SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) in Indiana?

Households in Indiana can apply for food assistance in the county in which they live. Interested in getting SNAP benefits can go and get the application from a local County DFR office.

The Application for SNAP and Cash Assistance can be accessed and print from Indian Family and Social Services Administration site.

In Indiana one application is used to apply for SNAP Food Assistance and Cash Assistance. You can use the application to apply for both, food assistance and cash assistance.

Complete all required information, and turn your application into the local County DFR office where you live. You can submit the SNAP application only with your name, address and signature – the DFR office has to accept the application with the current date. However, providing a complete application will result most likely in a quicker eligibility determination.

A DFR worker has to interview you to decide if you are eligible for benefits. If eligible, you will start receiving SNAP benefits from the date the office received your signed application.

 

Indiana SNAP Approval, Rules, Proofs Required

Department of Human Services office worker has to interview you and verify provided information before determining if the household is eligible for SNAP benefits. Here are some examples of information and proofs you may be asked to provide at the interview:

  • Valid I.D. showing the name of the applicant
  • Date of birth
  • Proof of address
  • Social security numbers for everyone in the household;
  • Proof of all household income;
  • Proof of the amount of money all in the household have in bank accounts
  • Proof of legal alien status for anyone who is not a U.S. Citizen
  • Medical bills for anyone in the household who is age 60 or older or who get disability check
  • Current proof of rent or mortgage expenses;
  • Proof of child care expenses;
  • Proof of obligated child support payments paid to someone outside the household.

The law limits the SNAP benefits to 3 months in a 3-year period for all able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-50 without dependents, who are not working or participating in a work program for at least 20 hours each week. In Indiana, this is the IMPACT Employment and Training Program (E & T). It is an employment and training program for adults in households getting Indiana SNAP benefits.

To purpose of Indiana Manpower and Comprehensive Training (IMPACT) is help recipients of SNAP and TANF benefits  engage in education, training, job search, job placement activities, and eventually transition to economic independence.

SNAP benefits recipients in Indiana can be exempted from the work requirement provision if they are under 18 or 50 years of age or older, responsible for the care of a child or incapacitated household member, or medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment, or pregnant.

Applicants waiting for SNAP benefits approval in Indiana should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the local DFR office. Households cannot receive food stamps assistance from more than one Indiana county in a month. Households getting food stamps benefits must report any changes of their household situation in a period of time determined by the DFR office in order to assure their participation in the Indiana SNAP.

 

 Approved! When and How Do I Get the SNAP (Food Stamps) Benefits?

Approved for Indiana SNAP benefits applicants get an Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) card – the Hoosier Works card. The EBT card can be used like a debit card at any Indiana food stamps grocery stores and farmers markets. Food assistance benefits are deposited into an EBT account of the beneficiary each month following the Benefit Issuance Schedule.

Benefits are made available from the 5th to the 23rd of every month, based on the first letter of the client’s last name.
First Letter of the Last Name is: A or B = benefits available on the 5th
First Letter of the Last Name is: C or D = benefits available on the 7th
First Letter of the Last Name is: E, F, or G = benefits available on the 9th
First Letter of the Last Name is: H or I = benefits available on the11th
First Letter of the Last Name is: J, K, or L = benefits available on the 13th
First Letter of the Last Name is: M or N = benefits available on the 15th
First Letter of the Last Name is: O, P,Q, or R = benefits available on the17th
First Letter of the Last Name is: S = benefits available on the 19th
First Letter of the Last Name is: T, U, or V = benefits available on the 21st
First Letter of the Last Name is: W,X,Y, or Z = benefits available on the 23rd

If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call Indiana EBT Customer Service: 877-768-5098

 

How and Where to Use the SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits?

Indiana SNAP benefits are provided via the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. The monetary benefits of the Indiana SNAP are transferred into the accounts of qualified beneficiaries and are accessible through Indiana Hoosier Works card. Households and individuals can use their Hoosier Works card at any grocery stores and farmers’ markets that are authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase eligible food items at  Food Stamps authorized stores in State of Indiana.  Eligible food items are any food to be eaten at home by people, including baby food, non-alcoholic beverages, and seasonings. Seeds and plants to grow food for your own family’s consumption are also allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits. You cannot buy non-grocery items with food stamp benefits, such as cleaning products, pet food, paper products, alcohol, or tobacco.

 

I Need Food Assistance Now. It is an Emergency!

Some households may get Expedited Services – that is getting Food Assistance Benefits within 7 calendar days if your household has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources (cash, checking or savings accounts) of $100 or less; or your rent/mortgage and utilities are more than your household’s combined monthly income and liquid resources; or a member of your household is a migrant or seasonal farm worker. Call 1-800-403-0864 for more information on Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).